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Poster: billbarstad Date: Jan 16, 2010 5:06am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are these public domain?

Wade Williams and Raymond Rohauer have behaved badly and definitely haven't been a friend of the public's rights, but their acts are insignificant compared to those of the studios and Congress. How many movies were lost forever when studios destroyed prints to recover silver in film stock or by improper storage? Congress added the right to a lengthy copyright renewal, and has since made renewal automatic. More recently, Congress created the DMCA to protect the movie industry's business model from what it sees as piracy and extinguishing the public's right to fair use. It's forcing smaller countries to create their own DMCA-style protections using trade agreements like CAFTA. Then there's the President, whose representatives are in secret negotiations with our large trading partners for new copyright protections in the ACTA treaty.